World Map of Plate Boundaries

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Young geologists piece together the puzzle of plate tectonics in an earth science lesson. Given a physical map of the world, they search for land formations that indicate the location of different types of plate boundaries.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Include this lesson in an earth science unit on plate tectonics in the upper-elementary or middle school grade levels
  • Assign specific discussion questions for students to respond to in their science journals
  • After completing the activity, allow students to share their finding during a whole class discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Create laminated copies of the included maps for use during plate tectonics lessons year after year
  • Based on the abilities of your students, decide whether you want them to complete this activity independently, with a partner, or in small groups
  • An extensive list of discussion questions is included to support students during this inquiry-based lesson
  • A handout is provided that clearly defines and illustrates different types of tectonic plate boundaries
  • Provides links to additional digital resources, including an interactive plate tectonic map
  • An answer key is provided for the included worksheet
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